We’re excited to let you know that we are compiling all the Happiness Hacks we’ve posted. Here’s a “hack” that that surprised us.
Mowing my lawn always makes me feel good. I’ve figured it was because I love being outside and mowing was good exercise. However, it’s a pretty small lawn and I don’t get a lot of exercise. I was surprised to read about research done at The University of Queensland in Australia finding that the smell of freshly cut grass increases feel-good neurochemistry in the brain.*
Their studies convinced the researchers cut grass smell was as powerful as well-known scents like:
lavender, cinnamon, vanilla, citrus, baby powder, pine, rose, rosemary, sunscreen and peppermint
They isolated the chemicals to create cut-grass aroma and have bottled it. You can buy cut grass smell!
. . . or you could mow your lawn. Use a push-mower to get a twofer – aerobic exercise & happy aroma.
After all, your nose is very close to your brain . . . and connected to your happiness!
*University of Queens land researchers found that the scent of cut grass works directly on the amygdala and hypo-campus and makes you happier and less stressed. They created a spray with the scent of cut grass called SerenaScent